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  • Tufty hair, orange eyebrows, freckles and no roar: What tyrannosaurus rex was REALLY like

    12/28/2017 2:11:36 PM PST · by mairdie · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 December 2017 | Susie Coen
    With a roar loud enough to shake a forest and a green, scaly skin, it has long been regarded as the slickest villain of the prehistoric world. But according to a new TV programme, Tyrannosaurus Rex looked entirely different to the terrifying image so familiar from depictions on the silver screen. According to a new documentary, Tyrannosaurus Rex may not have been as terrifying as its depictions on the silver screen According to a new documentary, Tyrannosaurus Rex may not have been as terrifying as its depictions on the silver screen The dinosaur had black, bristly tufts of feathers and...
  • Ticks Trapped in Amber Were Likely Sucking Dinosaur Blood

    12/12/2017 11:09:48 AM PST · by G Larry · 34 replies
    NYT ^ | 12-12-17 | NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR
    Paleontologists have found entombed in amber a 99-million-year-old tick grasping the feather of a dinosaur, providing the first direct evidence that the tiny pests drank dinosaur blood. Immortalized in the golden gemstone, the bloodsucker’s last supper is remarkable because it is rare to find parasites with their hosts in the fossil record. The finding, which was published Tuesday, gives researchers tantalizing insight into the prehistoric diet of one of today’s most prevalent pests.
  • Ticks That Fed on Dinosaurs Found Trapped in Amber

    12/12/2017 11:08:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 12/12/2017 | John Pickrell
    Tiny fossils preserved in Cretaceous resin include one parasite that was engorged when it died. Blood-filled parasites trapped in amber have been igniting imaginations since the 1990s, when the resurrected dinosaurs of Jurassic Park burst out of Michael Crichton’s novels and onto the big screen. Now, scientists say they have found the real deal: chunks of Burmese amber carrying ticks that drank the blood of feathered dinosaurs some 99 million years ago. One of these parasites is tangled up in a possible dinosaur feather found encased in a lump of amber. Another was found in a separate piece of amber...
  • Sinister sound of Tyrannosaurus Rex heard for first time in 66 million years

    12/10/2017 8:59:13 AM PST · by EveningStar · 46 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 9, 2017 | Sarah Knapton
    The fearsome roar of Tyrannosaurus Rex as portrayed in film has left many a cinema-goer quaking in their seat. But new research suggests the king of the dinosaurs made a far more sinister sound. For a new BBC documentary, naturalist Chris Packham visited Julia Clarke, professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Texas, to test out a the theory that dinosaurs actually sounded more like birds and reptiles, than today’s predatory mammals. “The most chilling noises in the natural world today come from predators, the howl of the wolf, the roar of the tiger, but experts now doubt that...
  • ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: Watch the First Trailer

    12/08/2017 5:41:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Variety ^ | December 7, 2017 | Matt Fernandez
    On Thursday, the prehistoric death trap of Jurassic World beckoned visitors back with a new trailer during Thursday Night Football. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is the sequel to “Jurassic World,” Colin Trevorrow’s 2015 reboot of the “Jurassic Park” franchise. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles as Owen and Claire, and Jeff Goldblum’s return as Ian Malcolm from the original film.
  • New dinosaur looks like odd mix of duck, croc, ostrich, swan

    12/06/2017 11:50:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    AP ^ | December 6, 2017 | Seth Borenstein
    With a bill like a duck but teeth like a croc’s, a swanlike neck and killer claws, a new dinosaur species uncovered by scientists looks like something Dr. Seuss could have dreamed up. It also had flippers like a penguin, and while it walked like an ostrich it could also swim. That’s the first time swimming ability has been shown for a two-legged, meat-eating dinosaur. The tiny creature, only about 18 inches (45 centimeters) tall, roamed 75 million years ago in what is now Mongolia. Its full curled-up skeleton was found in a sandstone rock.
  • Hundreds Of Eggs From Ancient Flying Reptile Are Found In China

    11/30/2017 4:24:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    npr ^ | November 30, 20173:55 PM ET | Merrit Kennedy
    A cache of hundreds of eggs discovered in China sheds new light on the development and nesting behavior of prehistoric, winged reptiles called pterosaurs. Pterosaurs were fearsome-looking creatures that flew during the Lower Cretaceous period alongside dinosaurs. This particular species was believed to have a massive wingspan of up to 13 feet, and likely ate fish with their large teeth-filled jaws. Researchers working in the Turpan-Hami Basin in northwestern China collected the eggs over a 10-year span from 2006 to 2016. A single sandstone block held at least 215 well-preserved eggs that have mostly kept their shape. Sixteen of those...
  • Gigantic dinosaur-eating plane-size reptile discovered in Mongolia

    11/04/2017 7:12:50 PM PDT · by ETL · 102 replies
    FoxNews: Science ^ | Nov 2, 2017
    A monstrous, meat-eating flying reptile that had a wingspan of a small airplane, could walk on all fours and stalked its prey on land has been found in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Fortunately for us humans, who would have made for a delightful midday snack, this pterosaur is dead. Long dead. Seventy million years dead. With an approximately 36-foot wingspan, “It might have been this quite robust, formidable predator,” Mark Witton, an expert on pterosaurs at the University of Portsmouth in the U.K., told National Geographic. “They seem to be feeding on things on the ground and are generalist...
  • Dinosaur Dung Fertilizes Planet, New Research Shows

    10/28/2017 3:25:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    Science Daily / Science News ^ | October 16, 2017 | Northern Arizona University
    Christopher Doughty, faculty member in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University... "Theory suggests that large animals are disproportionately important to the spread of fertility across the planet... What better way to test this than to compare fertility in the world during the Cretaceous period -- where sauropods, the largest herbivores to exist, roamed freely -- to the Carboniferous period -- a time in Earth's history before four-legged erbivores evolved." During these two periods, plants were buried faster than they could decompose. As a result, coal was formed. Doughty gathered coal samples from mines throughout...
  • Ancient Frogs Might Have Eaten Dinosaurs

    10/07/2017 10:17:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Fortune ^ | Sep 23rd | Emily Price
    Beelzebufo ampinga was a beach-ball sized frog with a bite comparable to that of a lion.In the past, ancient frogs might have snacked on dinosaurs. Popular Science reports that there was once a “giant frog” that walked the earth called Beelzebufo ampinga. Named after an ancient deity referred to as “Lord of the Flies,” the massive amphibian is thought to have lived in Madagascar around 70 million years ago. The “beach ball-sized” frog has jaws that are “powerful enough to obliterate small dinosaurs.” Scientists first discovered the frog in 2008 and speculated that it might have used its powerful mouth...
  • Dinosaur fossil found at Denver construction site

    09/11/2017 10:16:17 AM PDT · by ETL · 30 replies
    FoxNews/Science ^ | August 30, 2017
    Construction crews in Colorado made an unusual find at their construction site — a rare dinosaur fossil. The crews said they found the fossil while breaking ground on a new public safety facility in the city of Thornton, Fox 31 Denver reported.The fossil has been identified as a triceratops skull by scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, who went to the site and confirmed the dinosaur remnant."My heart was racing. I realized it was a pretty important dinosaur find," Joe Sertich, curator of dinosaurs for the museum, told Fox 31. "This is probably one of only three skulls...
  • Newfound Dino Looks Like the Creepy Love Child of a Turkey and an Ostrich

    07/28/2017 5:24:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 27, 2017 | Laura Geggel
    A Chinese farmer has discovered the remains of a dinosaur that could have passed for the ostrich-like cassowary in its day, sporting the flightless bird's head crest and long thunder thighs, indicating it could run quickly, just like its modern-day lookalike, a new study finds.
  • Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found Fossilized in Amber

    07/14/2017 12:18:02 PM PDT · by ETL · 43 replies
    NatGeo ^ | June 7, 2017 | Kristin Romey
    The 99-million-year-old hatchling from the Cretaceous Period is the best preserved of its kind The remains of a baby bird from the time of the dinosaurs have been discovered in a specimen of 99-million-year-old amber, according to scientists writing in the journal Gondwana Research. The hatchling belonged to a major group of birds known as enantiornithes, which went extinct along with dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago. Funded in part by the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council, this discovery is providing critical new information about these ancient, toothed birds and how they differed...
  • Rumors of T. Rex’s Feathery Past Were Greatly Exaggerated

    06/07/2017 6:41:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    The Seeker ^ | June 6, 2017 | Jen Viegas
    The first known fossilized skin impressions for Tyrannosaurus rex suggest that this gigantic carnivore, unlike many other dinosaurs, had little to no feathers. The fossils, reported in the journal Biology Letters, show that T. rex was instead covered with a tough and scaly hide. Fossilized skin impressions for other tyrannosaurs — including Albertosaurus, Gorgosaurus, and Daspletosaurus — reveal that all such dinosaurs lacked feathers, too.
  • Zhao Chuang: Meet the man who brings dinosaurs to life

    05/30/2017 6:12:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | May 29, 2017 | Nanlin Fang and Katie Hunt
    If you came to this Beijing warehouse at night it would be downright creepy. More than 20 towering dinosaurs stand in the yard, teeth sharp and claws unfurled; inside are 40 more life-sized models -- steel frames propping up carcasses made of fiberglass and clay.
  • Dec 2016: Feathered dinosaur tail fragment trapped in amber amazes scientists

    04/15/2017 2:35:43 PM PDT · by ETL · 101 replies ^ | December 09, 2016 | Rob Verger
    It’s a discovery that's straight out of “Jurassic Park.” Scientists have found a tiny section of a dinosaur’s tail trapped in amber, and not only that, it has feathers. Dating to about 99 million years ago, or the mid-Cretaceous period, the amber containing the eight dinosaur vertebrae originally came from Myanmar. While scientists have known since 1996 that some non-avian dinosaurs had feathers, and even suspected that fact 10 years before that, this new find can teach them more about how feathers have evolved over millions of years. The feathered tail in question came from a juvenile dinosaur, likely a...
  • Largest-Known Dinosaur Footprint (Australia)

    03/28/2017 6:09:03 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 72 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 3/27/17 | Bridget Katz
    group of scientists say they have discovered “Australia’s Jurassic Park” along the rocky shores of Kimberly, a remote region in Western Australia. As Jonathan Amos reports for the BBC, palaeontologists found a diverse collection of dinosaur footprints in the area—among them the largest dinosaur footprint known to science. The research team, which was comprised of palaeontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University, recorded twenty-one types of fossil footprints stamped into the sandstones of the Dampier Peninsula. They recently published their findings in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. “There were five different types of predatory dinosaur tracks, at...
  • 'Best ever' view of what a dinosaur really looked like

    03/01/2017 8:18:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | March 1, 2017 | Helen Briggs
    A dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago had drumstick-shaped legs much like living birds, according to palaeontologists. The feathered dinosaur also had bird-like arms similar to wings. Scientists used high-powered lasers to reveal invisible details of what the creature looked like.
  • Dark matter caused the demise of the dinosaurs?

    12/14/2016 10:12:58 AM PST · by fishtank · 84 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 13 December 2016 (GMT+10) | John G. Hartnett
    Dark matter caused the demise of the dinosaurs? by John G. Hartnett Published: 13 December 2016 (GMT+10) Harvard University LisaRandallHarvardEdu American theoretical physicist and cosmologist Dr Lisa Randall is another scientist grasping at dark matter for answers. Dark matter has been invoked to solve many vexing problems in astrophysics and cosmology.1 Now it seems it has been invoked to solve the evolutionists’ problem of extinction of the dinosaurs.2 American theoretical physicist and cosmologist Dr Lisa Randall has developed a breakthrough five dimensional warped geometry theory. About two years ago she proposed a new hypothesis on dark matter which suggests the...
  • Dinosaur discovery casts light on final flurry of animals' evolution

    11/10/2016 1:56:32 PM PST · by JimSEA · 9 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/10/2016 | University of Edinburgh
    A dinosaur fossil that almost went undiscovered is giving scientists valuable clues about a family of creatures that flourished just before the mass extinction. The bird-like species, found at a building site in southern China and nicknamed the 'Mud Dragon', was preserved almost intact, lying on its front with its wings and neck outstretched. Scientists speculate that the creature may have died in this pose after becoming mired in mud about 66-72 million years ago. Scientists have named the new species Tongtianlong limosus, meaning 'muddy dragon on the road to heaven'. The two-legged animal belongs to a family of feathered...